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When Should You Depart for Your Honeymoon?

Here are the pros (and cons) of every exit strategy.

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While honeymoon planning is definitely one of the most enjoyable tasks on every couple's pre-wedding to-do list, deciding when to leave for your post-nuptial trip is always a big decision. The good news is that there are really only four options on the table. Read up on the possibilities and see which works best for you and your future spouse.

 

Related: Your Ultimate Honeymoon Checklist

 

Depart straight from the reception.

Is there anything more romantic than exiting your wedding reception in grand fashion—say, with a sparkler send-off or in a vintage getaway car—and then heading straight to the airport to depart for your honeymoon? If you opt for this kind of honeymoon departure, remember that your reception is the last chance you'll have to mix and mingle with your beloved guests. Make those moments count!

 

Leave the next day.

As full wedding weekends become more popular, many couples choose to spend their first night as newlyweds in the bridal suite and leave for the honeymoon the following afternoon or evening, often after a morning-after brunch with their guests. This option will give you plenty of time to sleep in and one last chance to get together with out-of-town friends and family. While planning a post-wedding breakfast, brunch, or lunch does mean more on your to-do list, it can be super casual, if you'd like.

 

Postpone the honeymoon a few weeks or months.

These days, there are no hard and fast rules about when you have to leave for your honeymoon, and newlyweds can choose to take their honeymoon weeks or even months after the wedding. Whether you want to save up more PTO days or are waiting for a better season to travel to your preferred locale, know that many couples delay their honeymoons. As a bonus, you'll have more time to focus on planning all of the details after the wedding is over.

 

Take a minimoon now.

If your dream honeymoon is a few weeks or months in the future, or you simply can't get away for an extended period of time after your nuptials, consider planning a two-or-three-night getaway after your wedding. After all of the excitement leading up to your wedding day, it will feel great to relax and decompress with your new spouse.